Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. announced that its parent company, Fuji
Photo Film Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan ("Fujifilm") has started a lawsuit
against Achiever Industries Ltd. ("Achiever"), Achiever Group
(Holdings) Ltd., DC Tech Industry Corp., Ferrania U.S.A., Inc., Fitra
Investmenti, SpA and certain individuals in control of Achiever and DC
Tech regarding the illegal importation and sale of One-Time-Use Cameras
and components used to assemble such cameras in violation of patents
held by Fujifilm.
The complaint was filed in the United States District Court, for the
Central District of California and seeks an order that the defendants
be enjoined and restrained from infringing, contributing to
infringement and inducing others to infringe Fujifilm's patents; pay
damages to Fujifilm; pay treble damages to compensate for the willful
infringement of Fujifilm's patents and reimburse Fujifilm for legal
fees incurred as a result of the infringement.
Achiever and its cameras have been found to infringe Fujifilm's patents
in an initial investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission
which resulted in the issuance of a General Exclusion Order in 1999,
and in a Commission Enforcement Proceeding concluded in 2005.
Fujifilm pioneered the development of One-Time-Use Cameras, introducing
its first product in Japan in 1986, and in the United States under the
trademark Fujicolor QuickSnap in 1987. Fujifilm began producing
QuickSnap cameras in 1995 at its factory in Greenwood, SC, which now
supplies a large portion of QuickSnap cameras sold in the U.S.